Medical Breakthroughs

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Life Stress + E-Cig Damage + Domestic Violence Training for Doctors

New research showed the stress of modern life combined with disruptions to the body’s internal clock may increase the risk of developing metabolic disorders, including obesity and type two diabetes. Shift working and jet lag can alter a person’s body clock, as well. Plus, cardiologists said new research highlights the damage e-cigarettes pose to the brain, heart, blood vessels, and…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Risks of vaping + Lack of sleep risks + Benefits of exercising

A new review of research found more evidence that vaping can harm the heart and blood vessels. Researchers at Ohio State University College of Medicine said e-cigarettes contain small particles and metals, which could contribute to cardiovascular problems. Plus, lack of sleep can lead to increased risk of heart attack and stroke.  A new study in the journal ‘Neurology’ looked…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Drug Shortages + Opioid Usage Decrease + Penicillin

A new FDA report looked at the causes of drug shortages in the U.S., and is offering recommendations to the government and drug industry. Federal health officials said they are considering creating a system to rate facilities run by drug makers, rewarding ones that meet quality standards. Plus, a new study suggests state regulations may be an effective way to…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Antidepressants vs. Talk Therapy + Kids’ Weight vs. Distance from Fast Food

Researchers looked at the costs and benefits of antidepressants and talk therapy. They found both end up being equal after five years. A team from the University of Michigan and Harvard University said their work shows more people just diagnosed with depression should have a chance to try therapy, if they prefer, instead of immediately taking antidepressants. Plus, a new…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Candy-Flavored Vaping + Soccer Injuries

Teens who use candy or fruit-flavored e-cigarettes are more likely to stick with vaping and vape more. That’s according to a new study from the University of Southern California. Several states have banned flavors in recent months to combat the teen vaping epidemic. Plus, the AAP published a new report on soccer injuries in children and how to prevent them….

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Teen use of e-cigs + Stress disorders & life-threatening infections

Teen use of both flavored and non-flavored tobacco products went down in one Massachusetts town six months after it restricted flavored tobacco products. They could only be sold in vape shops, bars and other places where patrons have to be 21 or older. In contrast, Massachusetts health officials said during the same period that teen use of flavored and non-flavored…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Hand-washing + Teens, Social Media & Sleep + Blood Pressure Meds

A new report drives home the importance of good hand-washing. British researchers found antibiotic resistant strains of E. coli are more likely to be spread from poor toilet hygiene than under-cooked food. In recent decades, E. coli has become much more resistant to antibiotics. British researchers are also linking heavy social media use and poor sleep among teenagers. They say…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Cancer death rates + Celiac treatment + Music choices

A new worldwide study suggests death rates from colorectal and pancreatic cancers are up 10% in the last 30 years. The study spanning 195 countries found the number of pancreatic cancer cases up 130% between 1990 and 2017. Doctors believe the jump may be related to a rise in obesity and diabetes cases. Plus, a groundbreaking treatment developed at northwestern…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Children’s mental health + Unsafe sleeping practices for babies

One out of every five children suffers from a mental disorder that could jeopardize their health later on. That’s according to the “American Academy of Pediatrics,” which said few children are getting services because of social stigma, costs or shortages of mental health experts. The AAP is releasing new guidance for pediatricians so that more children get diagnosed and treated….

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Moms & vaccines + Posture + Air pollution linked to hair loss

A new CDC report found more than half of pregnant women in the U.S. are not getting vaccinated for the flu and whooping cough. Federal health experts said the vaccines are necessary to protect newborns, too young to be vaccinated, and mothers as well. Plus, a survey by Orlando Health found less than half of Americans are concerned about the…